Book Talk with Frank Amoroso ~ Mon, 6/19
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
719 6th St., NW
Washington, DC 20001
Author Frank Amoroso will hold a book talk at the German-American Heritage Museum of the USA™ on Monday, June 19th, 6:00 PM on his two recently published books Pigtown and The Show – part of the book series “Wopper: How Babe Ruth Lost His Father and Won the 1918 World Series Against the Cubs”. Mr. Amoroso will focus on Babe Ruth’s German-American heritage, providing anecdotes about his relationships with other prominent German-American players like Lou Gehrig and Honus Wagner. In addition, Mr. Amoroso will discuss the internment of German-Americans and German aliens by the United States government during WWI and its impact on Babe and his friends.
Volume 1: Pigtown
Pigtown is the stirring tale of George Herman “Babe” Ruth who grew up amid tragedy and trouble to become the greatest and most beloved baseball player to ever wear a major league uniform. When death and tragedy devastate his family, Babe becomes an incorrigible street urchin, living a life of petty crime as the ringleader of the Bunny Hole Gang. His life changes dramatically when he enters St. Mary’s Industrial School, where he learns discipline and the love of baseball.
Under the fatherly influence of Brother Matthias, Babe must face the demons that destroyed his family. With war hysteria raging and nativist Americans persecuting German Americans, his saloonkeeper father tries to cope with heartbreaking tragedy. Pigtown chronicles how Babe prevails in a world gone mad and how he fights for his first love.
Volume 2: The Show
In The Show, Mr. Amoroso picks up the story from Pigtown, Volume 1 at the point where “Jidgie” Ruth struggles to choose between his two loves – baseball and Colina, the dashing tomboy and member of the Bunny Hole Gang. As Jidgie embarks on a baseball career, he acquires the nickname Babe and dazzles the baseball world with his talent. Within months, the young, unsophisticated Babe finds himself thrust into a pennant race playing for the Boston Red Sox.
The author will also discuss how Babe Ruth’s friends and relatives may have been affected by World War I. Signed copies of the books will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP kindly requested.
Date: 19 June 2017
Start time: 18:00
End time: 20:00
Venue: German-American Heritage Museum of the USA
Directions: 719 6th St., NW Washington, DC 20001